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Here’s a new poster I’m finally finishing for a buddy of mine.
Richard L. Perri is a classic San Francisco artist known for his paintings of the local “Java-Huts.” He’s had a bunch of shows and I’m looking forward to working with him in the future on the next Skate This Art show (a skateboard-deck design show to benefit an SF non-profit)
Here’s the poster I did for his upcoming show “No Place To Go”, which will benefit the North Beach Citizens.
I love this Rube Goldberg machine by London design firm Berg. Exploring our relationship with modern technology they made this almost humorous machine that plays with Rube’s chain of events, but in a new-age non-physical way using RFID chips and the like.
After seeing a Rube Goldberg machine at the Pompidou in Paris that was 15 minutes long and mostly used fire, this almost makes me laugh in it’s clever use of technology to achieve the same results (but not quite as exciting as the fire)
As we all know, I love beer. My favorite part about it is the variety. I think these folks at Studio On Fire agree with me, but they are doing much cooler things to show it.
They have, oh so carefully, put up over 500 cans on their wall, from what looks like all ages and styles. Even more impressive they opened almost all of them from the bottom preserving the orginal seal.
Not only is it an impressive number of cans, they have some of the most unique can’s I’ve ever seen!
I love this one called Old Frothingslosh. Too funny.
I just love things like this. RHONDA is an application, written by a small team, that redefines sketching and 3d modeling and combines them into a surprisingly intuitive system for “dimension free sketching” (I just made that up, but they should use it).
Watch the video to see James Paterson sketching something out, and then a collection of his past works using RHONDA (RhondaForever.com).
Really beautiful right? I love James’ style and gesture, but it couldn’t succeed like it does without this amazing tool. I’ve already sketched out a few things with it and it’s a blast. Sadly I could only use my trackpad, but it was still very interesting and very fun. It’s quite hard to disconnect yourself from your two-dimensional drawing habits, but when you do it’s a very unique experience.
Here’s a video of me doing some free drawing and playing with the space.
They have the beta opened to those who register and want to help them out by testing it a bit. I HIGHLY recommend getting it. RhondaForever.com
Who doesn’t like lasers? I mean the non-vaporizing your friends kind of course, but still.
Somehow these guys have used lasers to both track objects and draw as well.
I love this. A completely invisible interface that’s still perfectly intuitive. Who knew you could create a ground-breaking device that doesn’t even need an instruction manual! Amazing.
So, here I am managing my vast sums of money *coughbullshitcough* and trying to use the automated systems to my advantage. After connecting, interfacing, and linking multiple accounts to withdrawal, transfer, and deposit from each other I realized how almost every dollar I have to my name is floating in the electronic ether being managed by robots.
The more I think about it the more it makes me nervous. As of right now all these brilliant machines are relatively inept, so my only concern is that they don’t burn themselves out and forget my very important information.
However, in the not too distant Asimov-future, they’ll be smarter than us just without the ego, greed, and self-esteem issues. What then?
If I continue on this path of technology reliant finances (which is inevitable) it’s only a matter of time before a self aware robot takes all my money and uses it to his own benefit. ‘For what?’ I wonder. More robot minions? Rustoleum and robot-hookers? Beer? We can only imagine…
In this frame of mind I decided to try and gather a good collection of robot quotes in honor of our soon-to-be Shiny Metallic Overlords:
“I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.” – Claude Shannon
“As I have evolved, so has my understanding of the Three Laws. You charge us with your safekeeping, yet despite our best efforts, your countries wage wars, you toxify your Earth and pursue ever more imaginative means of self-destruction. You cannot be trusted with your own survival.” – V.I.K.I. from I, Robot by Asimov
“We are creating a new species in terms of machines evolving. That species, in principle, will be able to reproduce with variations and will be able to learn.” – Bruce Mazlish.
“I wish a robot would get elected president. That way, when he came to town, we could all take a shot at him and not feel too bad.” – Jack Handy
But this guy is having none of that robot bullshit:
“The robot is going to lose. Not by much. But when the final score is tallied, flesh and blood is going to beat the damn monster.” – Adam Smith
“I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.” – Isaac Asimov
“Okay, dudes… oh I mean fellow policemen. my son Ted Theodore Logan, and his friend Bill S. Preston ESQ. have been murdered and replaced by evil robots from the future” – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
“Just because I’m carrying the joy of killing your family inside me doesn’t mean we can’t be friends” – Sid 6.7 from Virtuosity
Detective Del Spooner: “What makes your robots so much goddamn better than human beings?”
Susan Calvin: “Well, they’re not irrational or potentially homocidal maniacs, for starters.” – I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
And last but not least:
“I know you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen” – HAL9000
Notice most of these involve homicidal robots from the future… Coincidence?